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My hard drives that i put in my computer is a 80gb harddrive but wen windows is loaded up it says its a 40gb

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Either your hard drive is defective, formatted wrong, or improperly partitioned. Most likely it will need to be reformated, and I recommend the default partition size unless it is signifigantly (more than 10%) less than your actual drive size. 500GB drives are available for less than $100, and much more viable than the smaller drives.

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